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Keeping Tabs on the Arts

  • The Senegal-America Project will perform Saturday.
  • COURTESY OF A.P.E.<br/>Works by Nathan Margalit are on view at the A.P.E. Gallery.
  • An untitled oil on panel by Claudia Sperry
  • COURTESY OF THE OXBOW GALLERY<br/>Brian Chu's "Cypress"
  • COURTESY OF THE OXBOW GALLERY<br/>Paintings by Claudia Sperry are on view at the Oxbow Gallery.
  • "Autumn Road" by Wynne Llewellyn


These artists will be exhibiting work in October in the corridor galleries at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St. in Northampton. There will be a reception Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

In the Locust Gallery: The Deerfield Art Association presents “Artists’ Reflections of Our Valley.” Working in oil, watercolor, pastels and pencil, members of the association will show paintings of landscapes, flowers and mountains of the Pioneer Valley region.

In the New Gallery: “Linda Mahoney: Color Woodblock Prints.” Mahoney has been a painter for more than 30 years. In 2007, she took a workshop in Moku Hanga, Japanese watercolor woodblock printmaking, which has become her primary medium. The process involves designing an image, carving the blocks and experimenting with colors while proof printing, refining the blocks and ink colors, eventually printing the image. Mahoney is an art teacher at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield.

At Zea Mays

A print exhibit by Louise Kohrman will open with a reception Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. and will remain on view through Nov. 2 at Zea Mays Printmaking, 320 Riverside Drive, Florence.

Kohrman’s studio practice focuses on drawing, etching and installation. Her work has been exhibited in New England, in the New York area, in Pennsylvania and abroad.

Gallery hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment. For information call 584-1783.

At the Oxbow Gallery

“Channeling,” recent work by Claudia Sperry, will open with a reception Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. and will remain on view through Oct. 27 at the Oxbow Gallery, 275 Pleasant St., Northampton. Her focus is on critical theory, French philosophy, post-modern culture and modernist art history, as well as artists’ Internet blogs. New York City arts writer David Gibson said Sperry, “has developed an aesthetic that combines the conscious and unconscious qualities of painterly expression, giving each painting a memory of its own.”

In the Back Room: “Brittany Paintings,” Brian Chu’s landscape painting during a 5-week residency in Brittany in northern France. Chu is interested in the relationship between observation and the language in painting. He says the continuous and intense focus of the residency led him to a more intuitive process and exploration of a deeper sense of connectedness.

Gallery hours are Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For information, call 586-6300 or visit oxbowgallery.org.

Senegal-America Project

Tony Vacca’s Senegal-America Project will present a concert, “Global Voices: Word 2 Word, Senegal-America,” Saturday at 8 p.m. in Hallie Flanagan Theater in the Mendenhall Center, 122 Green St., at Smith College in Northampton.

The project has been bringing Senegalese musicians together with artists from America and around the globe since 1995. The troupe presents music education workshops and concerts in the United States and West Africa, as well as raising money for medical supplies in Senegal.

Performing will be Bideew Bou Bess (from Senegal), Abioidun Oyewole (of The Last Poets), Tantra Zawadi, Vacca, Jo Sallins, Magdalena Gomez, Andrea Hairston and Pan Morigan.

Tickets cost $15; $5 for Five College students; free for Smith students.

At the Cummington Community House

An exhibit of paintings by Wynne Llewellyn featuring Brick House Road in Cummington will open with a reception Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. and remain on view through October at the Cummington Community House Gallery. Llewellyn has created a series illustrating New England’s changing seasons, by painting the single road at different points throughout the year.

“I walk [Brick House Road] almost every day and often reflect on the grandeur of the magnificent old maples, Llewellyn writes in an artist’s statement. “I wanted to celebrate the road and to remember its beauty for the future.”

The gallery is located at 33 Main St., Cummington.

At A.P.E.

“My Nature Theater of Oklahoma, a newfound sense of place,” an exhibit of encaustic collage paintings by Nathan Margalit, will be on view Tuesday through Oct. 26 at A.P.E Gallery, 126 Main St., Northampton.

Margalit is originally from South Africa, but has spent his time equally divided between the United States and his country of origin.

The exhibit, which takes its title from a chapter of Kafka’s novel “Amerika,” describes a theater of the imagination in which past, present and future are brought together in one place. The paintings combine both real and imagined scenarios that are colored by Margalit’s experience of live lived in America, and deal with historical moments and classic Americana figures. The works suggest autobiographical content and U.S. references that range from President John F. Kennedy’s assassination to a Confederate ship to the horse as part of the American cultural landscape.

For information, call 586-5553 or visit apearts.org.

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